The Queen cancels two weeks of engagements following doctors’ advice


A statement released by Buckingham Palace confirmed that the Queen’s doctors want her to rest for at least two more weeks. 

The Queen is to rest for two more weeks following medical advice in the most significant absence of her long reign, with Buckingham Palace confirming she will miss the annual Remembrance Sunday event.

The monarch, who has been undergoing medical supervision for an unknown illness, will not undertake any official visits in public and will be confined to desk-based duties only for the next fortnight.

Buckingham Palace has confirmed Her Majesty will miss the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, Nov 13 but say Her Majesty has the “firm intention” to be present to watch the annual wreath-laying on Remembrance Sunday – a day which holds a great deal of importance to her.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said:

“Following on from their recent advice that the Queen should rest for a few days, Her Majesty’s doctors have advised that she should continue to rest for at least the next two weeks.

“The doctors have advised that Her Majesty can continue to undertake light, desk-based duties during this time, including some virtual audiences, but not undertake any official visits.

“Her Majesty regrets that this means she will be unable to attend the Festival of Remembrance on Saturday, Nov 13. However, it remains the Queen’s firm intention to be present for the National Service of Remembrance on Remembrance Sunday, on Nov 14.”

The Queen is said to be in “good spirits” and undertaking “light duties” whilst recuperating at her home at Windsor Castle. Light duties are understood to mean telephone calls, virtual audiences and reading her red boxes.


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